Man convicted of killing wife after fight over holiday lights

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A Louisa County man is facing a life sentence in the fatal shooting of his wife following an argument over Christmas lights.

Forrest Smythers, 54, was convicted of first degree murder yesterday. Authorities say Smythers shot Dawn Smythers once in the head with a .22 caliber rifle in their home on Jan. 16 when his wife opposed his plan to take down their Christmas lights.

He claimed he shot his wife by accident, but the jury didn't beleive that story. Smythers will be sentenced in December.

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